It took me all of two minutes before I correctly guessed that Friends with Kids star Jennifer Westfeldt was also the writer/director. She resembles a fairly attractive Lisa Kudrow/Mary Steenburgen hybrid, but lacks the acting chops necessary to carry a feature film (she formerly starred in and co-wrote 2001’s Kissing Jessica Stein…was it good? I’ll never know). So she cast herself as the lead in her own movie, happens all the time, and she even brought along her long-time boyfriend Jon Hamm (Mad Men). Hamm and the rest of the fairly impressive ensemble cast that includes the likes of Adam Scott, Chris O’Dowd (affecting a strange McKenzie Brothers-like accent), Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, and Edward Burns feel incredibly wasted in this cookie cutter indie rom-com about a pair of best friends (Westfeldt and Scott) who decide to have a baby together, but keep things platonic. You can guess how things pan out. Expect lots of musical montages, frank sex talks, and other tropes of the genre including the beyond overused little kid that repeats dirty words. Hilarious. Some will say that this film stands out above the rest thanks to its vulgar sincerity, but Bridesmaids, which shares multiple stars with this film, just did that to forgettable results.
Friends with Kids opens today at the Ritz Five.
Author: Eric Bresler
Eric is the Founder/Site Editor of Cinedelphia.com whose additional activities are numerous: Director/Curator of the Philadelphia Mausoleum of Contemporary Art (PhilaMOCA), founder of Tokyo No Records, the brain behind Video Pirates, and active local film programmer including the Unknown Japan screening series. He’s served as a TLA Video Manager, Philadelphia Film Society Managing Director, and Adjunct Professor in Cinema Studies at Drexel University. He is shy and modest. Email Eric.